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True Pattern Emerging In Crime Statistics

2 October 2006

True Pattern Emerging In Crime Statistics

New Zealand First Law and Order spokesperson Ron Mark is pleased that today’s crime statistics indicate more of a willingness for people to come forward to report crime and is not surprised that a pattern of increasing violent crime is emerging as a result.

“New Zealand First has long been warning that violent offences have been on the increase and have been well under-reported in crime statistics for many years,” said Mr Mark.

“While it is pleasing to see more people coming forward to report crime and that resolution rates are up, it is clear that there is much more violent crime being perpetrated by younger and younger offenders.

“The increase in violent crimes by young offenders is a clear signal that youth justice initiatives are not working. I will be closely watching the incidence of violent crime committed by people aged 17 to 20 as I suspect that the majority of those offenders will have youth justice records a mile long.

“14 year old offenders not properly dealt with are graduating into violent thugs. This is occurring due to their criminal records not being acknowledged, let alone dealt with appropriately.

“It is time to provide a strong deterrent to youth offenders who engage in violent crime. That is why my Members Bill seeks to lower the age of criminal responsibility,” said Mr Mark.

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